History

Duchess of Wessex with CoopersThe Coopers Livery Company is 36th in the hierarchy of the City of London Liveries having been instigated at least as early as the 11th century, and was first mentioned as an established fellowship in the Mayor's Court records of 1298.

Many of our members hold a keen interest in the history of the Coopers Livery Company, and we maintain a fascinating collection of artefacts of the Company and the trade in Coopers Hall, which members are cordially invited to visit by appointment.

We welcome any additions and contributions to the written records and to the collection, which is lovingly managed by Liverymen who have a particular interest in collecting examples of the tools associated with our craft, which by their nature have remained little changed over the centuries.

Another focus of the collection is the depiction of casks in our culture - principally in advertising and signage - and we have a diverse assemblage of objects collected from across the country and the years.

Coopers' toolsMore rare, and of great interest to us, are artefacts from the Coopers Livery Company itself, including correspondence, badges, buttons and regalia, and we are always happy to help to identify and record any such mementoes.

We are very proud guardians of our long history, which is laid out brief in this section of the website, and hope you enjoy exploring it with us and welcome any contributions you may have.

Welcome

Ian Luder

Alderman Ian Luder
Master

The Worshipful Company of Coopers is one of the oldest in the City of London. In modern times it has evolved into the trustee of six principal charities and a social and charitable enterprise that retains an identity focused on the ancient craft of cask making.

We welcome members to enjoy a fellowship around our shared values and an interest in the history, culture and charitable endeavours that our company has pursued for the last 500 or so years.

We do hope you enjoy learning more about the Coopers’ Company, so please look around our website to find out who we are, what we do and how you can become part of it, should you wish to do so. 

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